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Talking to your children about using drugs is never going to be easy, but parents who may have experimented or struggled with addiction face a particularly difficult situation with this topic. Do you tell the truth about what you did? If so, do you answer all of their questions or place boundaries? It is a hard place to be in and if a parent doesn’t prepare themselves for the conversation before hand, it can go badly. This website has some suggestions for parents who used drugs to have more successful discussions with their kids.

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Did you know that some parts of the United States have alarmingly high levels of hormones in their water? Scientists think that this is because of the large number of people with good intentions who flush old prescriptions in an effort to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Throwing prescriptions out in the garbage can also be unsafe if children, elderly family members, pets, or others get into it. Even if the trash isn’t tampered with, it can lead to contamination in a landfill. Unfortunately, until recently there hasn’t been a good alternative to dispose of the enormous quantities of prescriptions sitting in the medicine cabinets of people throughout the country.

Last year, Monroe County officials started a Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal program (find out more here). This is a free initiative that allows local residents to dispose of “Prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications.”

An article from the local newspaper in Ithaca, NY said that “The first collection day in Monroe County… gathered more than 42,000 pills. Monroe County has gone on to hold five more collection days, resulting in 128 pound of hazardous substances, nearly 4,000 pounds of non-hazardous substances and 314 pounds of controlled substances.”

Drop off dates can be found at this site–the next one is coming up on Tuesday the 23rd. The website also says you can call (585) 753-7600, Option 3 for more information. I’m going to look into similar programs in the immediate Livingston County area and will update you all on what I find.

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The end of the year can bring many temptations for those recovering from substance abuse with the many holidays that are celebrated–Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years–and the stressors that are typically associated with this time of year–money, family, and travel to name a few.

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